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  • The National Fenestration Rating Council has approved technical procedures for the development of U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient, and visible transmittance ratings for co-planar interior and exterior attachment products, such as blinds and shades. The vote came at the group's fall membership meeting last week in San Francisco.  “Approval of technical procedures for determining... more »
  • Vice President Joe Biden joined U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today at a White House Middle Class Task Force event to  launch the Home Energy Score pilot program. The Home Energy Score is designed to offer homeowners straightforward, reliable information about their homes' energy efficiency.     The new DOE Home Energy Score report is said to provide... more »
  • The International Code Council has voted to eliminate provisions in the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code setting lower energy performance requirements for metal-framed fenestration products than for other types of fenestration in commercial construction.  Part of an effort to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings built to the 2012 codes by 30... more »
  • The National Glass Association has announced new dates for next year's GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo. The trade show, to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, is now set for September 12-14, 2011. The 2011 dates were originally September 7-9, immediately following Labor Day.  “A show as large as GlassBuild America is not easy to schedule,... more »
  • Jeld-Wen Inc. has been honored with The Home Depot’s annual “Partner of the Year” award for the retailer’s millwork division. The window and door manufacturer has been a supplier to the building products giant for more than seven years. “The Home Depot is one of the most recognized brands in the world and it’s an honor to be selected Partner of the Year,... more »
  • MI Windows & Doors announced plans last Friday to idle its Van Alstyne, Texas, window fabrication plant where there are currently 66 employees. By the end of the year, Van Alsytne customers will be served from the manufacturer's facility in Carrolton, Texas, also located in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. “Our decision to idle the Van Alstyne facility has been difficult. Anytime we... more »
  • The Window & Door Dealers Alliance is urging dealers to contact members of the House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee and voice their support to extend window tax credits for 2011 and beyond. The “call to action” follows a meeting last week between WDDA representatives and members of Sens. Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Snowe's (R-Maine) staff. The two Senators are pushing to... more »
  • Architectural Testing Inc. recently opened a new laboratory in Lake Forest, Calif., a southeastern suburb of Los Angeles. Focused on fenestration products, the facility will be accredited by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and Dade County, Fla., for conducting window and door certification tests specified by those authorities, officials reports. Test equipment at ATI's... more »
  • Mark Hermann, with 37 years of service at Quanex Building Products, has announced his retirement from Homeshield Fenestration Components, effective November 30. He will be succeeded by Jack Conway, currently vice president of operations at the Quanex business unit.  “Mark has been associated with Homeshield for almost 40 years, and over that period of time has seen the... more »
  • Employees at Pella Corp.'s Fairfield, Ohio, exterior door plant have received notice that the facility will be closed next year. The closing, expected in mid- to late-2011, is the result of the housing market plunge, company officials report.  “New home construction has dropped as much as 60 to 70 percent in the U.S. from the record levels of just a few years ago, dramatically... more »